Slayer's Jeff Hanneman dead at 49
Guitarist's influence on heavy metal was huge
Jeff Hanneman, founding guitarist for thrash metal legends Slayer, has died at the age of 49. His bandmates have posted the following message via Facebook:
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 - 2013)
Hanneman had been on hiatus from Slayer since 2011 ever since contracting necrotizing fasciitis, likely from a spider bite, and had been temporarily replaced by Exodus guitarist Gary Holt while he rehabilitated.
Hanneman’s influence on Slayer, and heavy metal in general, cannot be underestimated. With Kerry King he helped form one of the most formidable guitar tandems in rock ‘n’ roll history, and most crucially, he was the man responsible for the majority of Slayer’s greatest songs. “The Antichrist”. “Die By the Sword”. “Angel of Death”. “Postmortem”. The legendary intro to “Raining Blood”. “South of Heaven”. “War Ensemble”. “Dead Skin Mask”. “Seasons in the Abyss”. The list, as the song says, goes on and on.
This is a monumental loss to the heavy metal world, and our deepest sympathies go out to Hanneman’s family and his brethren in Slayer.
The Afterlife House Band:
Ronnie James Dio - Lead vocals
Jeff Hanneman - Guitar
Randy Rhoads - Guitar
Mike Starr - Bass
Gar Samuelson - Drums
It is a sad day on Earth for thy metal scene. He has a special place in Heaven with thy lord, me. He was no sinner and no matter what his CD said, Heaven awaits him and he is already there with thy lord.
Thy lord sends his condolences to thy band, family, friends and fans of him.
To the haters...You're morons! Jeff Hanneman's family, Slayer, and the fans just lost a friend, a family member, a hero and certainly a rock legend. If you dont' like Slayer, good for you. He made music that touched ideas of fantasy, religion, politics, life, death which stikes a chord with most normal HUMANS. I know that must be tough for all the haters to understand since Bieber is locked on your ipod and melted your brain.
Just because Slayer wrote songs like "South of Heaven" which probably means life here on earth, you think it's a bad song and demons are going to possess you and your kids. For over 30 years there has been almost nothing negative about Slayer or the band members that isn't normal everyday work related stuff except people that don't like or understand that type of music. If one of them was arrested for a D.U.I. so be it, caught smoking a J, or peeping on the Alamo; I'd expect it from any entertainer for the pressure they have being in the spot light or the ups and downs of fame or the shear joy of saying "sounds like a good idea to me" .
Yes bad choices, but I am sure you (haters and non) have all made the right choice every single time you've woke up and put your shoes on. You've heard nothing but how much the fans love Slayer, bands that have been inspired by Slayer, I would bet Slayer themselves would probably shock you with they tastes in music. Fans like myself like Slayer, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bad Company, Kid Rock, NWA, Tears for Fears, Snoop, Wu Tang, Depeche Mode, Chevelle, Boston Philhamonic, Beatles, Elvis, George Straight, Metallica, P.O.D., Zepplin, Gorilla Biscuits, Alice in Chains, Zac Brown, U2, and many more of different styles. Your narrow minded thought of music probably replicates your daily thought process.
For the haters, go out try something that takes talent and balls to do like Slayer has done, like Mr. Hanneman has done. If you do great, but if you fail be ready for what comes back to YOU! Talk the talk or walk the walk.
The world has lost a true Thrash Metal Pioneer, and is that much poorer for it.
\m/ RIP Jeff Hanneman \m/
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